FACTS, FIGURES AND FUN
The Washington Metro DachtoberFest Foundation, created in 2013, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to raise awareness and educate dachshund owners about dachshund health, and to raise money both for rescue vetting, and support for critically ill dachshunds whose owners cannot afford to pay for medical treatment. That is why our logo is “supporting the dachshunds who own our hearts.”
Our principal fundraising event, the WMDF Metro DachtoberFest, will occur for the second time on Saturday, October 4 at the same place, the e-ventplex, Home of the Great Frederick Fair in Frederick MD. Last year’s inaugural Fest, a rousing success, attracted over 1000 dog lovers and over 400 dogs! Our dachshund loving foundation professionals organized the Fest in response to the end of the Mid-Atlantic Dachshund Phest (MADP) in 2012. This year, we are continuing the treasured tradition of bringing dachshund lovers together to enjoy a day of family-oriented doxie fun. Our theme for this year is DOXIES MAKE ME HAPPY!
EVENTS FOR THIS YEAR’S DACHTOBERFEST
Back by popular demand are all three major events from the inaugural Fest: The WMDF Dachshund Strut and Costume Contest will again showcase creative talent and strut-worthy pups. Happy costumes will be highly favored in the judging process! The WMDF Woofminster Dog Show will also return, an “unofficial” but highly regarded event to showcase everything that is so special about dachshunds and dachshund-wannabes regardless of their origin. Purebreds, mixes, rescues, you name it; as long as there is some doxie there you’re in! First place winners of each category will return for best in show. Prizes will be awarded. But there will be no losers. Watch for surprises in store and be ready to show your happy! And last but in no way least, since everyone loves wiener races, the Dachshund Dash will be happier and more exciting than ever, again running in heats to eliminate long lines.
DACHTOBERFEST FORUM: ASK THE EXPERTS
Again, our ask the expert series will be conducted by area veterinary and behavioral specialists who will address dachshund health issues such as intervertebral disc disease (IVDD), compete with discussions and demos on proactive preemptive care and prevention, and various treatments including a conservative crate rest and meds, alternative/holistic, and surgery. General health issues common to all dachshunds, including weight management and oral hygiene, and behavior and training issues will also be covered.
SPONSORS, VENDORS, AND RAFFLE DONATIONS
An ever growing and diverse group of sponsors and vendors will once again be critical to the success of this year’s Fest. We invite you to review our different sponsor levels (see “Be A Sponsor”) each of which provides an opportunity to showcase your business. We are expanding our outreach and trust that this part of the Fest will be beneficial both to the sponsors and the mission of the Foundation. We are also seeking donations from businesses who cannot attend for our fund raising raffle, for which you will be acknowledged in our events program and webpage as a raffle sponsor. We will also provide a link to your business on our website for one year.
ALL DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE
All sponsorship and individual donations are now fully deductible as a charitable contribution to the fullest extent allowed by law due to our 501(c)(3) status, and you will receive an acknowledgment for tax purposes. We are a young foundation and are very much dependent on the generosity of corporate and individual donations. We plan to continue fundraising all year long to help dachshunds in need. Every dollar helps. Thank you in advance for your generosity and the dachshunds say “woof, we love you!”
COME ONE COME ALL
If you came last year, don’t miss it; this year will be even better. If this is going to be your first Fest, prepare for a stellar day of Doxie Fun! Tell all your friends and bring them with you! Dachshunds own our hearts and make us happy. Join us! We sincerely appreciate your time and consideration and hope to see you on October 4. Together, with your help, we can make this a world class gathering!
President, Board of Directors
Washington Metro DachtoberFest Foundation, Inc.